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No Accident, Comrade: Chance and Design in Cold War American Narratives

Steven Belletto

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199826889
eISBN:
9780199932382
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199826889.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This book argues that chance became a complex yet conflicted cultural signifier during the Cold War, when a range of thinkers—politicians, novelists, historians, biologists, sociologists, and ... More


Misuse:: From Aesthetics to Practice

Raymond Malewitz

in The Practice of Misuse: Rugged Consumerism in Contemporary American Culture

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780804791960
eISBN:
9780804792998
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804791960.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter provides a conceptual bridge between contemporary thing theories, which champion the aesthetic products of the creative misuse of objects, and new materialisms, which use the same ... More


The Garden in the Machine:: Biomimetic Hybrids and the Tragedy of Singular Use

Raymond Malewitz

in The Practice of Misuse: Rugged Consumerism in Contemporary American Culture

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780804791960
eISBN:
9780804792998
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804791960.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter positions Thomas Pynchon's encyclopedic novel Gravity's Rainbow alongside recent models of human-object interactions such as biomimetics, actor-network theory, and new vitalism. ... More


“Modulate, Daddy, Modulate!”: Polyrhythms and Metric Modulation in the Fiction of Ralph Ellison

Michael Germana

in Ralph Ellison, Temporal Technologist

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
December 2017
ISBN:
9780190682088
eISBN:
9780190682118
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190682088.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

Chapter 4 examines Ellison’s use of rhythm—specifically his incorporation of polyrhythms and his application of an advanced rhythmic concept called metric modulation—to express his beliefs about ... More


Queer Children and Representative Men: Harper Lee’s

Gregory S. Jay

in White Writers, Race Matters: Fictions of Racial Liberalism from Stowe to Stockett

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
December 2017
ISBN:
9780190687229
eISBN:
9780190687250
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190687229.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

No novel since Uncle Tom’s Cabin achieved the celebrity and cultural impact of To Kill a Mockingbird in regards to race in America. The chapter explores Lee’s youthful experiments in writing and ... More


Borders and Border Narratives

Mary Weaks-Baxter

in Leaving the South: Border Crossing Narratives and the Remaking of Southern Identity

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9781496819598
eISBN:
9781496819635
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496819598.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This introduction lays out the central argument of the study, identifies Border Theory as the theoretical framework, and defines key terms: Southern Border Formation Narratives and Southern Border ... More


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